Saturday, October 24, 2009

Line 6 POD X3

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beatles Rock Band Outselling Guitar Hero 5

This is interesting from Rolling Stone:

"As album sales soften and the industry turns to alternate ways to get music to fans, the battle between the big music video games has become increasingly heated, and new sales figures indicate The Beatles: Rock Band has a bit of an edge on Guitar Hero 5.

The Beatles: Rock Band sold 595,000 copies following its September 9th release, while GH5 moved 499,000 units since it hit stores on September 1st. In all, both games help fuel a revenue increase of 72 percent for music video games compared to September 2008."

It seems that more people pretend to play guitar than actually take the time to learn how. I think, though, that it does get get some interested in taking it further.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Guitar Maintenance

By: John Brown

Any serious guitarist respects his instrument as something very
high in value to him. He does not treat it as a toy that is
thrown around and left lying around if it is slightly
inconvenient for him to put it way. What entails taking care of
your guitar in the proper way? Well, let me tell you!

I always like to keep my instrument well taken care of. I'm even
a little hesitant to let other people play in fear they may
accidently chuck it across the room or set it on fire. Well,
maybe not but I definitely don't want them to drop it and knick

I'll start with the first thing you should do, even before you
pick up your guitar. Wash your hands. I'm serious here. The oil
from your hands not only corrodes the strings but it shortest
the life of the guitar neck (the wood). You're also going to
want to wipe the guitar strings down when you are done playing
to remove any dirt or oil from your hands that was left on the
guitar when you played. This will greatly increase the lifespan
of your strings, which is recommended to be changed about once a
month but will always differ depending on how often you play and
how clean you keep your hands and the strings

Keep you guitar in an environment that will be free of constant
temperature and humidity change. That means don't keep it in
your garage because it clutters up your room, as it can warp and
damage your guitar.

Every time I change my strings I like to wipe it down with a
nice coat of wax that I bought at a guitar center. This will
help keep it clean and will also give it a nice shine to show
off its beauty. It will also give it a semi protective coat.

If you're looking to keep all the scratches off your guitar I'd
suggest investing in a back guard. When you stand up and play
the back of the guitar rubs all over what you are wearing, and
if you're wearing a metal belt buckle that could result in some
nasty gouges on the back of your guitar. Considering guitars can
be very expensive, that would be most unfortunate.

It can also be good every once in a while to put some type of
oil on your fret board when you're changing your strings. I've
seen some older guitars with dry dry fret wood, and it isn't a
pretty sight. Try to keep it moisturized with a lemon oil to
keep it from becoming rough or even worse, cracking.

Other than keeping all the nuts and bolts snuggly tightened,
that about does it for basic guitar maintenance! Keep those
guitars in good shape so they can keep on a blazin'.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Warped Tour 2009

Warped Tour 2009 opens tomorrow, 4/2 in Los Angeles.

Here's the lineup:

A Day To Remember, Aiden, Alexisonfire, Anti-Flag, Architects, Bad Religion, Bayside, Big D and the Kids Table, Bouncing Souls, Chiodos, Dance Gavin Dance, Dear and the Headlights, Escape the Fate, Flogging Molly, Forever the Sickest Kids, Gallows, Hit The Lights, I Set My Friends on Fire, Less Than Jake, Lovehatehero, Madina Lake, Monty Are I, NOFX, Outernational, P.O.S., Saosin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Senses Fail, Silverstein, Streetlight Manifesto, The A.K.A.s, The Ataris, The Devil Wears Prada, Thrice, Underoath, Valencia, Westbound Train, A Skylit Drive, Attack Attack, Black Tide, Breathe Carolina, Brokencyde, Cash Cash, Dirty Heads, Every Avenue, In This Moment, Innerpartysystem, Ivy League, Jeffree Star, Lights, Longway, Meg & Dia, Millionaires, Red Car Wire, Settings, Shad, Shooter Jennings, Sing it Loud, TAT, TV/TV, The Maine, The White Tie Affair, There For Tomorrow, Therefore I Am and Versa Emerge.